Perceção do apoio social versus estado de saúde no idoso no Concelho de Mangualde

  • Alexandra Fernandes Correia (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This dissertation has as its theme "The perception of social support versus health status of the elderly in the municipality of Viseu", having as main objective empirical verify the perception of older people in relation to the network of social support and their state of health. In its uniqueness, this work aims to address aging, social policy and the perception of the elderly on social support and their state of health, but also integrate them in the social sciences and especially in its social intervention. This perspective was conducted an empirical investigation to assess the perception of the elderly on social support and their state of health, seeking to establish relationships and understand their meanings. The variables are the sociodemographic and two content: health and social care, independent and dependent variables. It is a cross-sectional, descriptive, correlational and quantitative type. Since its development is divided into three parts: the first consists of the theoretical framework addresses the key concepts, and the second consists of the description of methodological procedures that were adopted and finally the last part shows the processing, analysis and interpretation of results obtained empirically. To achieve this study, we examined a sample of 98 elderly people in the county of Viseu, belonging to the district of Viseu, through the technique of the questionnaire that was applied during the months of March and April 2013. It was found that social support influences the perception of health that the elderly do. The higher level of social support the elderly percecione higher your perception regarding their health status.
Date of Award2013
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMaria Olívia Dias (Supervisor)


  • Elderly
  • Aging
  • Social policy
  • Social support
  • Health


  • Mestrado em Serviço Social

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